Otto E. Bridges1

#1787, (26 May 1899 - 5 November 1950)
Relationship1st cousin of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*Silas A Bridges Jr1 (1856 - 1935)
Mother*Elvira Elkins1 (1856 - 1919)


Frances E Irwin b. 1906, d. 1981
Children 1.Ella Francis Bridges9 (1925 - )
 2.Roy Lee Bridges10 (1930 - 2002)
 3.Lawrence E Bridges+9 (1936 - 2011)
 4.Wanda Mae Bridges11 (1946 - 2005)
Birth*26 May 1899He was born on 26 May 1899 at Posey Co., IndianaG.2 
June 1900He appeared on the census of June 1900 in the household of Silas A Bridges Jr and Elvira Elkins at Robb Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG.3 
22 April 1910He appeared on the census of 22 April 1910 in the household of Elvira Elkins at Robb Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG, age 10.4 
January 1920He appeared on the census of January 1920 at Robb Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG.5 
Marriage*circa 1924He married Frances E Irwin, daughter of Walter Irwin and Delia Jines, circa 1924.6 
5 April 1930He and Frances E Irwin appeared on the census of 5 April 1930 at Mount Vernon, Posey Co., IndianaG.6 
3 May 1940He and Frances E Irwin appeared on the census of 3 May 1940 at 627 W. 7th, Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG.7 
Death*5 November 1950He died on 5 November 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IndianaG, at age 51.2 
Burial*November 1950He was buried in November 1950 at Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG.8 


  1. [S5] 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011/2017, Indiana State Board of Health, Death Certificates, 1900–2011, 1950, roll 13, img. 1071/2998. Record No. 36072, Local No. 1346. Otto E Bridges, b. Posey Co. 26 May 1899, son of Silas Bridges and Ella E Elkins, marr., painter, WW I veteran, res. 627 W. 7th St., -----, Posey Co. IN; d. 5 Nov 1950, St. Mary's Hospital, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co. IN, age 51y 5m 9d, multiple liver abscesses due to gangrenous appendicitis; inf. Mrs. Frances Bridges, Mt. Vernon IN; bur. Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mt. Vernon IN, 7 Nov 1950, online
  3. [S5] 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Silas (43), b. Dec 1856, farm Laborer; Elvira (43), b. Dec 1856, 7 children, 5 living; m. 13 yrs.
  4. [S8] 1910 U.S. Federal Census. "Ella" (55), b. IL. parents b. unk, married [no spouse named], marr. 23 yrs, 7 children, 3 living.
  5. [S11] 1920 U.S. Federal Census. Otto (20), single, b. and parents b. IN, hired man in hh of George and Alice Crawford.
  6. [S7] 1930 U.S. Federal Census. Otto E (30), b. and parents b. IN, marr. age 24, flour mill laborer; Francis E (23), b. and parents b. IL, marr. age 23.
  7. [S346] 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Otto (40), b. IN, flour mill worker; Fran (33), b. IN; same res. 1935.
  8. [S1628], online, shared standing grave marker. Bridges / Frances E 1906-1981 / Otto E / 1899-1950. Narrative: : children Lillian M Sherretz (1928 - 1966), Larry E Bridges (1936 - 2011); bur.
    Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Posey Co. IN. Memorial 63606043, created by and photo added by Crystal G.
  9. [S403] Schneider Funeral Home, online \\,… "Ret. Larry E. Bridges (74) of Mt. Vernon, 74, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Gloria (Stratton), two sons, Timothy Roy of HaHiaWa, Ha. & wife Abby, Rodney Keith of Bloomington, In & his wife Susan, two daughters. Tammy Jill & husband Kelly Winiger of Mt. Vernon, Robin Denise & husband David Papariella of Evansville, eight grandchildren, Zachary (Louisville, Ky.) Kayci Winiger, Brittney, Brock & Abby Papariella, Rion, Colton & Sean Bridges, one sister, Evelyn Dissler, nieces and nephews.

    Larry was preceded in death by two grandsons, Matthew Aaron Papariella (1985) & Christopher Matthew (Katsup) Winiger (2004) and parents Frances (1981) and Otto (1950) Bridges of Mt. Vernon, a brother Roy Lee, four sisters, Ella Marvel, Lillian Sheretz, Freida Saltzman and Wanda Ames.

    Lt Col Bridges started his military service in 1954 with a three year tour in the Navy. In 1961 Larry joined the Army as a Pvt. In 1965 Larry graduated from OCS as a 2nd Lt. His army career included two tours in Viet Nam. Lt. Col. Bridges received many awards in his Military service including a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and three Purple hearts, the Army Commendation Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Combat Infantryman Badge, a Good Conduct Medal (Navy and Army), a Parachutist Badge, a Viet Nam Forces Reserve Medal w/6 Campaign Stars, a Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, four overseas Service Bars, Republic of Viet Nam Staff Service Medal-1st class, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

    After Larry’s retirement from the Army in 1978 he was employed at GE in Mt. Vernon. He retired from GE in 1997. He was the Senior Safety Engineer and head of security at General Electric. He was a member of the Evansville Area Safety Council and received the Lahigh Scarab Award and the Jaycees Achievement Award.

    Larry was an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ. the Republican National Committee and was the Republican precinct chairman Black 7, Elks Club (past Exalted Ruler), V.F.W. Commander for 7 years, American Legion, Western Hills Country Club (past president), member of the Sheriffs Merit Board ( past president) and was a special deputy sheriff, Elfin Society (voted Elfin of the year in 2004). He was responsible for the building of the first Habitat house in Mt. Vernon...

    Larry served his community in various ways. He was a member of the American Cancer Society Board and was on the board of the American Red Cross. Larry’s passion was the Posey County Food Bank. He volunteered every Friday. Many times he did not feel like it, but his heart went out to the needy people of Posey County.

    Larry received his BA (Summa Cum Laude) from Park College, Kansas City, in 1974. He finished his MSE from Murray State in 1984.
  10. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011, 2002, roll 23, img. 863/2031. State No. 044892, Local No. 2424. Roy Lee Bridges, b. Mount Vernon IN 16 Jan 1930, son of Otto E Bridges and Frances Erwin, husb. of Anna (Rutledge) Bridges, river boat pilot, res. 118 Vine Street, Mount Vernon, Posey Co. IN; d. 11 Dec 2002 at Deaconess Hospital, Mount Vernon IN, acute myocardial infarction, age 72; inf. Anna (Rutledge) Bridges, same res.; bur. Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mount Vernon IN, 14 Dec 2002.
  11. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011, 2005, roll 25, img. 1244/1567. State No. 037184, Local No. 2123. Wanda Mae Adams, b. Mount Vernon IN 25 Aug 1946, dau. of Otto Bridges and Frances Irwin, wife of Charles Stanley Ames, plastic manufacturing office clerk, res. 4704 Conlin Ave., Evansville, Vanderburgh Co. IN; d. at res. 24 Oct 2005, age 59, ovarian cancer; inf. Charles Stanley Ames; bur. Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mount Vernon IN.